The Unidentified

The Unidentified

Book - 2010
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In a futuristic alternative school set in a shopping mall where video game-playing students are observed and used by corporate sponsors for market research, Katey "Kid" Dade struggles to figure out where she fits in and whether she even wants to.
Publisher: New York : Balzer + Bray, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061802089
Branch Call Number: TEEN MARI
Characteristics: 296 p.

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Sevly
Mar 15, 2013

A very interesting setting. The mall is an intriguing concept that is familiar enough to understand but weird enough to be exciting. Kid is the lovable, uh, kid, at the center of it all. The romance is predictable, the ending doesn't quite fit in, but the worldbuilding and character development still make this a book worth reading, especially for those into dystopian YA lit.

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FlaylaAltadusa
Aug 29, 2012

I liked the plot and setting, very unique and different from other futuristic concepts, but the plot developed slowly in the beginning. I enjoyed the main character and her friends, but I think they could've developed more on smaller characters such as Cayenne. Overall, a good book.

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hdrennan
Jul 25, 2012

Interesting futuristic premise of corporate-sponsored high schools. A bit uneven, but I liked the main characters and Kid's struggle for identity.

elysha45 Jun 09, 2012

This was awesome for the mere fact that 1. the ending wasn't cliche 2. It reminded me of A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 3. There was twists upon twists. I am glad its not a series but nevertheless great snack to read.

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kalio
Dec 13, 2011

In the not-too-distant future, education has been taken over by corporations. Malls are converted to Game Centers, and students learn by?you guessed it?shopping. Connected to each other by high-tech digital devices, playing complex video games in a simulated consumer environment, the most popular kids earn the highest Game scores. Katey ?Kid? Dade is decidedly not popular; she just wants to make music with her friends and get along with her mother at home. But then Kid?s curiosity is roused when a group calling itself the Unidentified pulls a daring anti-corporate prank. Ironically, Kid?s investigation into this act of rebellion makes her more appealing to the corporations, and soon Kid?s been ?branded??contracted by sponsors as a ?trendspotter? who acts as a spokesperson. As Kid longs for her previous anonymity and digs deep into the Unidentified?s secrets, she begins to question the society she belongs to. And as any reader of dystopian fiction knows, shaking up the status quo leads to all kinds of trouble. Compulsively readable and pitch-perfect when it comes to depicting the life of the average high schooler, The Unidentified is a compelling glimpse into a future that?s not so very different from our own technology-dependent lives.

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renheart115
Jul 17, 2011

i liked the chemistry between the main girl and her best friend, even though it was predictable...the whole idea was intriguing but it wasn't the greatest story ever either. Some parts of it were a bit...weird. The whole idea of the unidentified and their "rebellion" in the end was strange. I didn't understand what it was supposed to prove. I also felt like something was missing, some parts were left open...

But i enjoyed it..

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veravincit
May 22, 2011

This is a very creative and new dystopian book that once again makes you think about life and the future. It explains ideas that you probably would have never thought of, but once you know, cannot help but be completely interested in it.
This is about a 15 year old girl that calls herself, Kid. She lives in a world that doesn't even seem possible. She lives where all the students are watched every second for market research. Kid finally realizes a new thought when a group called The Unidentified comes in and changes the way Kid thinks again.
I would recommend this book to anyone who thinks that it is impossible to control humans.

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Smile_Danielle
Apr 17, 2011

This book was pretty good, but I had a hard time understanding some things because they weren't well explained. The storyline was good though!

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cori_s
Dec 16, 2010

A solid, if slightly predictable, dystopian YA book. Great for those who loved the Mockingjay trilogy, Ender's Game, and other futuristic thrillers.

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